Before They’re Gone Three photographers train their lenses on a rapidly vanishing America. By Debbie Grossman December 17, 2008 How To SHARE Before-They-re-Gone-Silhouetted-against-the-Flori Silhouetted against the Florida palm trees, this cowboy has a yellow rain slicker lashed to his mount. Before-They-re-Gone-Horses-stop-for-a-drink-on-th Horses stop for a drink on the The Bar Crescent S Ranch in Hardee County. Before-They-re-Gone-Cowboys-camp-along-the-Great Cowboys camp along the Great Florida Cattle Drive, 2006. Before-They-re-Gone-Cattle-cross-the-wet-pasture Cattle cross the wet pasture of the Adams Ranch.See more of Ward’s photographs at his website, www.carltonward.com. For more information on the LINC foundation, including more photographs, visit www.linc.us. Before-They-re-Gone-The-ice-blocks-that-fall-off The ice blocks that fall off the Childs Glacier are bigger than a bus. Before-They-re-Gone-Old-growth-forests-are-increa Old-growth forests are increasingly rare, but the fallen tree in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, CA, is a sign of a healthy forest. Before-They-re-Gone-The-Trans-Alaska-Pipeline-ski The Trans-Alaska Pipeline skirts the Brooks Range near the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Before-They-re-Gone-The-Copper-River-Delta-is-a-m The Copper River Delta is a major stopover for migrating birds.See more at www.wildnatureimages.com Before-They-re-Gone-An-alligator-and-wood-stork-i An alligator and wood stork in Florida tangoed for half an hour before moving on. Before-They-re-Gone-The-iconic-shape-of-a-bison-i The iconic shape of a bison in Wyoming was so clear that Belt could focus on the blizzard. Before-They-re-Gone-A-white-tailed-deer-in-northe A white-tailed deer in northern Wisconsin. Before-They-re-Gone-This-Mexican-gray-wolf-on-an This Mexican gray wolf, on an Arizona preserve, may be the last of his kind in America.These photographs are all from her book, Last Stand: America’s Virgin Lands (National Geographic, 2002). See more at www.anniegriffithsbelt.com. How to MORE TO READ RELATED Cold weather is the best time for night sky photography and starscapes Grab your coat and your camera, then head out under the stars. READ NOW RELATED Take better pictures by thinking like an old-school photographer Make every shot count. RELATED How to choose the right laptop for you Everything you need to know.